Last Sunday, 31 July, my host mother took me to Darkhan, and bought me a Mongolian del. It is very beautiful. It is a bright light blue and she bought me a leather belt with turquoise stones on it. I can’t wait to wear it for swearing in. I will post a picture of it as soon as I can.
Last week, we, also, started practice teaching. I have been pleasantly surprised with how much I actually like teaching. Hopefully, my new outlook on teaching will carry with me to my permanent site. I cannot wait to meet the counterparts that I will be working with for the next two years. Team teaching has been so much fun! Hopefully, I will get to do a lot of it at site.
Training is almost at an end. A little over one week left. The time is starting to pass by more slowly. I think it is because anticipation is mounting for the announcements of our permanent site placements. Hopefully, by the end of the day on Monday, 15 August, I should know where I will be living for the next 2 years of my life. This Sunday, 7 August, 11 of us will be travelling to a monastery nearby, Amarbysalant (I have no clue how to spell it, sorry, :/). I’m very excited for it. It should be a lot of fun. I think a couple of other training sites will be joining us out there as well.
So, here is a breakdown for my schedule for the upcoming big events for my life:
14 or 15 August: I leave for final centre days
15 August: I find out where I will be living for the next two years and can then purchase Internet accordingly (Site Announcements)
16-18 August : Run around like a crazy person because I will be so excited and meet my new supervisor
19 August: I become an official Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV); I will no longer be a Peace Corps Trainee (PCT) (Swearing In)
20 August: I leave for my new home with my supervisor
So much is about to happen! I can hardly wait.
Side note: On 24 July, my younger sister became engaged to her awesome boyfriend (now fiancé)! I am so stoked for them and sad I couldn’t be there, but I know they have to be happy which is terrific! Celebrating this great event is another thing I get to look forward to when I return to the states in August of 2013.